Now that we have reached May and the start of the summer blockbuster season, we can expect a regular stream of comic book movies hitting theaters over the next few months. Kicking things off is Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has done its part to already become one of the most divisive movies of the year.
In the last 51 years, Spider-Man has not only stood the test of time as a comic book hero, but has become a true pop culture icon. Not only are comics about the webslinger still some of the most popular issues that Marvel produces, the character has been a part of films, television series, novels, radio shows and even Broadway. And yet, there are still some details about the character that a lot of the general public doesn’t know about.
Joining me as a co-host this week is Comic Book Resources/Screen Crave/Movie Pilot writer Melissa Molina, who helps me break down all of the footage we got to see, what our hopes for the film are, and much more. Check it out!
Marvel and DC have been competing as the biggest names in the comic book industry for decades, and that rivalry has spilled over into Hollywood in a major way. Big screen adaptations of classic characters like Iron Man, Batman, Captain America and Superman have helped the two companies compete for dominance in the comic book movie world, both in terms of quality of product and success at the box office. In 2016, however, their quest for dominance will be coming to a head.
With the new Captain America sequel out in theaters around the world already and arriving Stateside tonight, I have dedicated this week’s Hero Blend to a massive spoiler discussion about the movie. Joining me as my co-host for this episode is Amirose Eisenbach from AMC Movie News, who not only loved the movie as much as I did, but also has plenty of great insight in regard to what the film means for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the future of the Marvel Studios franchise.
As much as we’ve already seen from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it doesn’t compare to the preview that I got earlier this week in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, the annual convention for theater owners where studios put on huge presentations to show off footage from their biggest upcoming films.
While we are still a little more than two weeks away from the release of Marvel Studios’ latest film, today marks the day that critics are finally allowed to publish their reviews, and I am getting my two cents in. Not only have I written a five-star review of the film, I’ve also dedicated this week’s episode of Hero Blend to the film.
Hollywood shortlists are a bit tricky to navigate. Studios do what they can to keep the goings-on behind their biggest productions very hush-hush – at least until the ink on the contracts has dried - but every so often a list emerges of actors and filmmakers that are being considered to play important franchise roles. Sometimes the information can be questionable, but at other times it can be an amazing way to look into the way an upcoming film is being made.
From his origins as a propaganda-esque character back during World War II to his reintroduction as a hero lost out of time due to being frozen in a block of ice, Captain America has one of the most complex backstories in the history of the medium, and as a result can be a challenge to get into for new fans. But that’s where the latest episode of Hero Blend comes in.
The comic book movie world was changed forever when Marvel Studios released The Avengers in 2012. While studios had spent decades thinking that self-contained franchises for single superheroes was the best course of action, The Avengers box office proved that strategy isn’t enough anymore and that audiences want to see massive, multi-picture interlocking series up on the big screen.
Since it was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2012, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy has been a bit of a mystery. While the project has a terrific writer/director in James Gunn and an absolutely stellar cast that includes names like Bradley Cooper, John C. Reilly, Djimon Hounsou and Benicio Del Toro, the film is based on a property that even regular comic book readers are even now only vaguely aware of.
Over the last decade and a half or so, comic book movies have been slowly been taking over the blockbuster film world. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the X-Men have all been brought to the big screen with huge success, and the trend is only becoming stronger and more popular. It’s so popular, in fact, that features don’t seem to be enough anymore. Now comics are also taking over television.
Casting is always one of the most exciting parts of the production process in comic book movies. Fans spend so much time speculating about who should play their favorite superheroes and villains and building wish lists that when actors are officially announced it always sparks a great deal of debate and sometimes even controversy (I’m looking at you, Ben Affleck).
The comic book movie world is split into many factions, with Warner Bros. holding all the rights to DC characters, Sony building their own little universe with Spider-Man, and Marvel Studios and Disney finding new ways to bring The Avengers together every couple of years. But some of the most interesting developments in the genre right now are happening over at 20th Century Fox.
Like many of you, we here at Cinema Blend really love superheroes. Whenever a new rumor or news story breaks about a film, television series or video game based on our favorite comic book characters, our minds are sent spinning as we begin to imagine endless possibilities of adventures with costumed heroes. It’s a passion that we indulge in on a daily basis, and now we’ve taken a new step forward by dedicating an entire section of our site to it.